SEOUL, June 20 -- South Korean lawmakers on Friday denounced the results of the Japanese government-conducted review on the Kono Statement, which apologized for and acknowledged the militaristic Japan's forced recruitment of Korean women as wartime sex slaves.
Park Dai-chul, spokesman of the ruling Saenuri Party, said in a statement that it cannot repress its astonishment over Japan's "a- historical acts" as the review was aimed at devaluing the past apology for its sexual enslavement of Korean women for military brothels as the consequence of political negotiations between the two countries.
The spokesman urged the South Korean government to tackle Abe cabinet's self-righteousness and a-historical acts in a sterner manner than ever, saying the Abe cabinet should be held totally responsible for the possible crisis in ties between South Korea and Japan as well as stability in East Asia and the international community.
Park Gwang-on, spokesman of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy, told a press briefing that the review report, which stated there were negotiations between South Korea and Japan on the wording of the Kono Statement, was aimed to pardon Japan's anti-humanistic crimes and deny the historical facts involved in the statement. The spokesman said Japan's denial of its colonial rule of Korea and the recruitment of sex slaves during the World War is equivalent to another act of aggression, noting that such acts will be tolerated by people in South Korea and East Asia as well as all over the world.
The results of the Kono Statement re-examination was unveiled at the Japan's House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting earlier, which said the South Korean government intervened in the wording of the statement and indicated the statement was the consequence of political dealings behind the closed doors.
The Kono Statement refers to an official apology made in 1993 by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, who acknowledged that Japan's imperialistic government was involved in the recruitment of more than 200,000 young women and forced them to serve at military brothels.